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LAHORE: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, in his official report sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has held the bowlers more responsible for Pakistan’s pathetic performance during Test series whitewash against Australia.

PCB chairman Shaharyar M. Khan told reporters here that Arthur considered bowlers were chiefly responsible for the abject surrender as they did not bowl according to line and length and conceded too many runs in claiming wickets which allowed the Australians to score freely.

Shaharyar said the report would be discussed in detail and after the tour concludes, while adding the second Pakistan Super League this year further step would be taken to revamp Pakistan cricket.

The performance of the national team was pathetic in Australia and even great Australian former captain Ian Chappell passed very negative remarks about Pakistan cricket and also advised the Cricket Australia to think twice before inviting Pakistan for a series Down Under.

The PCB chairman, however, refused to comment on Chappell’s diatribe.

However, Pakistani cricket circles mainly believe that Chappell may had refrained from making adverse comments had Mickey Arthur would not have been coaching Pakistan. Arthur’s relation with Cricket Australia was soured when he was sacked from the job as Australia’s head coach in June 2013, just three weeks before the start of the Ashes series in England.

Published in Dawn, January 11th, 2017

Comments (9) Closed

Babar Jan 11, 2017 08:39am

The first to be blamed is the couch. WhAt is he being paid for, both batsman and bowlers are to be blamed.

Hashim Jan 11, 2017 08:48am

The batsmen in their remarkably defensive approach allowed the Australian bowlers to dictate terms. While Australian batsmen scored freely with run rates of around 4, and even 8 in the last test, Pakistan's run rate in any test never really touched 3.5

Apart from the head coach's report, it is disheartening to note what the PCB's approach is to improve cricket in Pakistan. Holding the PSL, T20 games, would not improve the standard of Test or One-day cricket in Pakistan. PCB could start by improving the standard of pitches in Pakistan by creating some bouncy, seaming tracks, instead of flat, dead pitches where even ordinary batsmen with no technique at all can score heavily. That would be a start.

Also, PCB should look into the disturbing habit that Pakistan has developed over the last 5 years or so, getting out in two sessions on the final day. This has happened against Sri Lanka, England, New Zealand, West Indies, and now Australia. Maybe some psychological help would do good.

SOlomon Jan 11, 2017 09:41am

Yes bowlers were responsible but Australian bowlers! :-)

dyed wasim haider Jan 11, 2017 11:28am

What about drop catches and captaincy, both were the major factors.

Rabbani Jan 11, 2017 11:52am

This team of PCB will not any better for future Pak team... Already they made a press conference showing that they will go for a legal action against BCCI. This is only hiding for their recent failure.

naveed,usa Jan 11, 2017 10:23pm

@Hashim I was a school boy when I started listening people giving suggestion to PCB for fast and bouncy pitches,but all in vain so far.Nobody pays attention to do so as well as nobody pays heed to improve cricket at gross roots level ,Pakistan domestic cricket standard has lowered further,while it was not upto the international before, but it was mediocre now it is pathetic. There were some highly talented players came to the pakistani cricket team and won laurels for Pakistan in the field of cricket. Your present team doesn't have stars and your both batting and bowling are mediocre,ot seems that players don't have brains or they don't want to improve themselves.

naveed,usa Jan 11, 2017 10:19pm

The way our bowlers bowled against Aus and NZ hurt me a lot.Not to speak of taking wickets ,they couldn't even contain the batsmen.They can not bowl in the right areas consistently,no coach in the world can teach them this thing,because 8n the field they have to perform.Batsmen played many irresponsible shots and gave away their wickets which cost us last two test matches. I think if they can not improve and perform upto the mark,they should leave cricket and do something else. I am really disappointed by the performance of YK,Misbah,Asad,Azam,Amir,Wahab,and Yasir as they were the main players. Bowlers like Sohail,Rahat,IK etc they were support bowlers,they should have performed better,taking 3 or 4 wickets in an inning by giving away plenty of runs has no value,if the team has already scored 500 odd runs for the loss of 5 wickets and you take 3 out of 5,what is the use of that.

imti Jan 11, 2017 10:58pm

It is the Captain's defensive mindset which he was using successfully in Asia produced this failed result.

kirther Jan 12, 2017 10:03pm

When the cricket board and selectors run out of innovative ideas of how to develop and manage team at world level then players cannot do mush, why was Misbah at his age made captain besides his pathetic leadership qualities were quiet apparent even in winning test series in Gulf, secondly it is hard to understand that why were bowlers Wahab Riaz and Rahat selected. Misbah has failed miserably both as batsman and captain and his batting average is no justification for his selection, has he ever played a match winning innings all people can remember that it was because of his poor shot selection that Pakistan lost the T20 final in South Africa. Miserable management and player selection is the main reason and redundant or political appointees must be removed immediately.